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Strief strong favorite to become Saints' right tackle

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By Dan Parr

Although his performance declined significantly after he was named to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2009 season, ORT Jon Stinchcomb was a valuable locker-room presence for the Saints.

The team admitted it was losing an important player when it waived him Aug. 15.

Zach Strief is expected to fill the void at right tackle, although Charles Brown is getting a chance to compete for the job. Strief, a sixth-year veteran, is the heavy favorite to start at the position, and he should make a very smooth transition into the role. He holds the advantage of having played in head coach Sean Payton's offense for the past five seasons and has made seven starts in his career.

Brown, a second-round pick in 2010, has greater upside in the long term, but he was active in only three games last season, and training-camp observers say he's had to spend time shaking off the rust after missing the early part of camp recovering from January back surgery.

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